Campground Review: Gouldings RV Park, Monument Valley, Utah
Why we chose here: We originally planned to make a day trip to Monument Valley from our sweet boondocking spot at the Valley of the Gods. But the poor internet and an imminent rain storm led us to the decision to relocate to an area where we could ride out the storm and not get stuck in red mud. It turned out to be a wise decision as the rains were biblical and this location was a much better spot to be than Valley of the Gods.
Location: The only reason to be here is to visit Monument Valley. There is a campground actually inside the tribal park, but we decided on this location instead. It is just a short drive to the tribal park and you'll be on the 17 mile scenic drive in no time. The RV park itself is nestled in between some major rock formations and is scenic enough. Note: Gouldings is on the Utah side of the stateline, while the Monument Valley Tribal Park is on the Arizona side. Be prepared for regular time traveling and overall confusion during Daylight Savings Time!
Sites: There is a formal RV park with hookups, but we elected to stay on the gravel parking lot across the road to save a little cash. We can get by without hookups and the location was just as convenient for visiting Monument Valley.
Facilities: They have a laundry, an indoor pool, garbage, a dump station and a small store. There is a shuttle that takes you to the lodge with a restaurant and a movie theater. Remember no booze for sale in the Navajo Nation.
Groceries: There's a small grocery store a few minutes away where you can buy most essentials.
Reservations: Yes, but for the open lot I don't think you need them.
Cell coverage / WiFi: We managed to eek out a few bars of 3G with Verizon. We couldn't get any joy with the campground WiFi.
Price paid: $26.51 Dry
Date of visit: Sept 2016
Would we visit again? It's a good spot for a night or two while visiting Monument Valley.